Yesterday, eleven of the TechWomen visited to the National Zoo together. The ladies from Kenya left early (since, as they said, they see many of these animals on the way to work every day). In the afternoon, we all went on a Potomac River Cruise at sunset. Today was our first day of meetings at the US State Department. I was very proud of Everwise Emerging Leader Mai Temraz (Palestine) for addressing Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State David Thorne. Mai talked about the importance of professional women being persistent and open with their government (and with their husbands!) about their vision and accomplishments – to get the support they need.
I took the opportunity of US Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith meeting with the TechWomen to present her with a deck of the Notable Women in Computing playing cards. She loved them! My favorite quotes from her talk:
- “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
- “If not us, who?”
- “Things don’t magically happen, people do things.”
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